Wednesday, January 8
SANTA ANA, Calif. (AP) — Two people were killed and five others were injured, including a firefighter, in an early morning fire at a group home for developmentally disabled women in Santa Ana. Fire officials say a 71-year-old caretaker found a mattress on fire and was critically injured while attempting to rescue the residents. Three other women were seriously injured.
LOS ANGELES (AP) — A Los Angeles judge has ruled that the driver of a car that plowed through crowds of tourists at Venice Beach last summer will stand trial on murder and other charges. The attorney for 38-year-old Nathan Campbell claims it was an accident, but victims testified that the driver seemed to intentionally aim at people.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — California election officials say a spot check has prompted further review of signatures for a proposed ballot referendum aimed at repealing the state's new transgender student law. The Secretary of State's Office says that projections based on random sampling show the law's opponents obtained 95.6 percent of the valid signatures they need to qualify the referendum for the November ballot.
SAN DIEGO (AP) — An administrative law judge is urging state utility regulators to approve a new natural gas power plant in San Diego County. U-T San Diego reports the California Public Utilities Commission could vote as soon as Feb. 5 on whether to authorize construction. Opponents say the state should be relying more on solar and wind energy to meet its power needs.